The international FIFA break this past weekend has been a stop and pause moment for BTC Premiership Orapa United to introspect on their 2017/18 season campaign. The Ostriches who are currently blowing hot and cold have since parted ways with their longest serving coach Madinda Ndlovu. However, Orapa Vice chairman Nkape said parting of the two parties was not influenced by poor results. “We have had a poor start to the season of course but we did not part ways with the coach based on this issue. We cannot discuss such matters yet,” he said.
“Everything you have been reading on newspapers and social media is actually true, I can confirm here today that we are no longer with Madinda Ndlovu, we have since parted ways with the coach,” he announced officially. Speaking on the side lines of the new Orapa kit launch, Nkape said they wanted to give an opportunity to a coach who has a better background of the local football while still scouting other coaches. “We believe local coaches are not highly equipped to bring all the silverware to a club so we want someone with vast of experience from outside the country.”
Madinda is the first coach to glow the Orapa United trophy cabinet after winning the 2015/2016 Mascom Top 8 with the club. However, the coach has been accused of causing unstable conditions and dividing players in the Orapa camp. Nevertheless favoritism is alleged to have been the main act of division with Ndlovu stripping Thabang Mosige of his Captain’s armband in favour of fellow countryman Tendai Nyumasi. Divisions have been reported out of the Orapa camp as the management is reportedly split in two.
‘There is a faction that favours Daniel Nare as the right candidate and there is another that prefers a foreign coach,” sources within the Orapa camp said. Nare is looking to take over the from the Zimbabwean coach after his former team Miscelleneous pulled an upset over the Ostriches recently at Itekeng Stadium. Nare will be expected to work as an assistant coach to Zimbabwe’s Beston Chambezi who is expected to return for another spell in the BTC Premiership. Chambezi will be able to sign with the Ostriches in January and expectations will be high with the management hoping that the team will go back to the then Glory days.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.
Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.
Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.
Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.
“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.
Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.
“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.
Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.
“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”